Diversity

The EU has a long tradition of deliberative collaboration that builds on long-term mutual respect and understanding between partners, and broader values of ‘unity in diversity’. EU objectives should always leave sufficient implementation room so as to allow for national diversity and flexibility. To do this, there needs to be support for translation between roles, languages, IT systems, etc. to make a CIS useful. There also needs to be considerations in how the data sharing structures are established and how diverse needs and perspectives shape how data is sought. Differences need to be made visible and available to enable one party to understand what is implied by another party’s incident report or information request. Diversity is linked to ‘subsidiarity’, that is, the principle of devolving decision-making to the lowest possible level whilst supporting coordinative action at a higher level (EU Glossary).

  • Provide support for translation between roles, languages, situations, and IT systems.
  • Consider how data sharing structures address diverse needs and perspectives
  • Make differences in practices and meanings visible Attend to the principle of subsidiarity

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